Rain, Rain Go Away; Bucks To Finish Game Another Day
In a game that started nearly two hours late and featured a second rain delay of almost 90 minutes, a Northwoods League curfew forced the suspension of play at Waterloo's Riverfront Stadium early Wednesday morning (June 15, 2016).
When the late innings carried Tuesday evening's game past midnight, umpires were forced to suspend the action at 12:53 a.m. with the Waterloo Bucks leading Rochester, 3-2, heading into the ninth inning. The NWL's curfew rule states that an inning can't be started after 12:50 a.m, so the game will be resumed on Monday, July 4, when the Honkers next return to Waterloo. The start time has yet to be announced.
The Bucks (11-3) took an early 2-0 lead on a pair of unearned runs in the third inning. A Rochester fielding error, with two-out, brought in Alex Boxwell and Lane Milligan for the game’s first scores of the night.
Rochester (4-10) rallied to tie the contest at 2-all with a pair of two-out runs in the seventh. An RBI double by Jacob Thomas cut the deficit to 2-1 before Keaton Weisz brought in Thomas with an RBI single.
An error allowed Waterloo to plate the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, after a pair of walks again put Boxwell and Milligan on the base paths.
On the mound for the Bucks, Steven Baker went five innings for the first time in his third start of the year, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out three. Derek Hendrixson tossed a season-high three innings in relief, yielding two runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out four and issuing an intentional walk.
Rochester starter Isaac Friesen yielded two unearned runs over seven innings in a no-decision. The right-hander gave up just five hits and three walks, striking out none.
Brody Weiss, the son of Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss, went 2-for-4 with a double in his season debut for the Bucks. Meanwhile, Robert Neustrom extended his hitting streak to six games with a lead-off double in the second inning.
UP NEXT: The Bucks conclude their two-game series with the Honkers on Wednesday (June 15) at Mayo Field in Rochester, Minn. First pitch is scheduled at 7:05 p.m.
Story By: Jared Schlensky - Waterloo Bucks